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Korea’s unique mud fest begins

IT BEGINS. One of Asia’s top festivals, the Boryeong Mud Festival, kicked off last Friday where millions are expected to flock to the city some 200 kilometers south of the South Korean capital of Seoul. The festival ends on August 6. Boryeong Mud Festival photos

 

One of Asia’s top annual festivals opened last Friday as millions of tourists, including hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors, flock to the city of Boryeong Si for more than two weeks of celebration of the unique Korean tradition.

Last Friday, the Boryeong Mud Festival kicked off  the 17-day celebration where last year, despite the Covid 19 pandemic still managed to attract more than 1.4 million of visitors, including 400,000 foreign tourists. This year’s iteration, that culminates on August 6, could expect the same number of visitors or even more who will flock to the city in  South Cheungcheong Province, 200 kilometers south of Seoul to experience also the city’s unique mud.

First staged in 1998, the festival at its peak in 2007 attracted more than 2.2 millions of visitors to Boryeong Si, specifically at the Daecheon Beach.

Visitors will get to see the festival’s main features like bouncy castles, slides, football fields and mud field prisons.

The event also include live music and DJ performances.

In its media invite, organizers say the festival could give visitors the “diverse experiences, games and events suitable for individuals of all ages.”

This year, organizers said that they have arranged special events like K-Pop festival, World DJ festival, mud big concert, Psy’s Hump Show, GS25 music and beer fest, “which are greatly celebrated by people worldwide.”

Organizers say visitors will get to enjoy exciting events, where “various attractions like games, and local delicacies (are) available for visitors to enjoy.”

Organizers promised that the “festival provides opportunities to participate in mud play, engage in various events and programs, and immerse in cultural experienced, all of which will offer visitors a fascinating and memorable time.”

The Beryeong fest is recognized as one of Asia’s top three festivals by the International Festivals and Events Association and has been honored by Korea’s Ministry of  Culture, Sports and Tourism. Pigeon Lobien

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